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Healthy twist on Pasta in Bechamel Sauce

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I Love Pasta. In any and every form. I think I was an Italian in my past life to be in love with all kinds of pasta recipes.

My mother would probably vouch for this as at a very young age, I was experimenting cooking pasta when it was not so common to eat them in India.

I could eat pasta every night and never get tired of it. But then again, the creamy cheesy Pasta in Bechamel Sauce is not something you can eat everyday, specially when you are trying to keep your weight in check OR fighting a cholesterol problem.

So I have come up with a healthier alternative to the white bechamel sauce. Here is the secret ingredient that I use …

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… Chickpeas.

The pasta tastes lovely and creamy with a sauce made of boiled chickpea paste.

So what are you waiting for? Take out your pans and ladles, time to Pasta!!!

DSC_0267On a side note – I used Tricolor Spirali from Del Monte  , they look as lovely as they taste.

Spirali in Chickpeas Sauce

Serving : 2
Time to Prep: 12 hours ( soaking chickpeas )
Time to cook: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Pasta
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp Olive Oil ( Extra Virgin )
  • 1 cup boiled Chickpeas
  • 1 tsp crushed black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried chili flakes
  • 1 tsp dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tbsp Thinly Sliced Garlic
  • Salt to taste

Directions

  • Soak the chickpeas overnight and boil them in a pressure cooker till soft and mushy. Then blend them till you get a thick soft puree by adding as much water as required.
  • In a large pot, bring to a boil 2 Liters of salted water. Add the pasta and cook for about 12 minutes or till its al dante. Drain in a colander.
  • In a saucepan, heat 1 Tbsp olive oil over medium heat. Put the sliced Garlic while the oil is just warm, and cook it for a few minutes. Be sure not to color or burn the garlic.
  • Add the puree of chickpeas in the pan, stirring and heating it up with the garlic flavored oil.
  • Add salt/pepper/seasoning to taste. Add drained pasta and mix thoroughly.
  • Serve immediately after garnishing with chili flakes and parsley.

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Voila. The awesome wholesome pasta is ready.
Dig in without any guilt.

25 words Fiction

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Hiding away in tiny corner of her room, she shivered in fear. Gun sounded like fireworks. Army of drones were close. Wings had brought death!

***

The earth looked so far away. ISS had done what therapy couldn’t. She had moved far away from the vehement violence. Wings had brought freedom!

***

Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.

- Crazy ones – Steve Jobs

A need to Connect

You ever wondered if there’s somebody out there exactly like you?

A twin or a doppelganger?

The world’s always been fascinated by them.

In ancient times, doubleness was seen as a manifestation of the supernatural, an invention of the gods.

Twins have been invaluable in neuroscience because studying them gives us insight into how environmental behavior and genetics affect things like brain aging or addiction.

But twin stories touch us on a much deeper level.

Why is that?

Are we looking for a more perfect version of ourselves, the person we wish we were…
Or someone to share our consuming passions?

Maybe we’re looking for a soul mate, someone to complete our lives.

Whatever its genesis, the desire for a twin is an expression of our need to connect.

Because in this vast and sometimes overwhelming universe, only our relationships with other people can help us not to feel so… alone.

Liam Neeson Rocks

Oh, this man is like fine wine, getting better with age.  And his sense of humor is awesome!

oh n btw, this is awesome voice mail greeting msg –

I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you’re looking for Liam Neeson, I can tell you he’s not here. But what is here is a very specific set of equipment. Equipment that I have acquired from a long and hard trip to the phone store. If you hang up now, that will be the end of it; I will not trace you, I will not look you up. But if you leave a message at the tone, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will call you back.

I am so close, I may look distant.
So completely mixed with you, I may look separate.
So out in the open, I appear hidden.
So silent, because I am constantly talking with you.

- Duality – Rumi